Gary Zimmerman - Notes & Quotes

01/01/2005

Notes….

One of the few players ever to be voted to two of the NFL’s All-Decade Teams (1980s and 1990s)

Began his career in the United States Football League with the Los Angeles Express.

Had NFL streak of 169 consecutive starts

Voted first-team All-Pro five times (three with the Vikings, twice with the Broncos)

Quotes…

“He’s an outstanding player. He has the size and speed we’re looking for, and he has outstanding athletic ability. I think he can play center or guard, and I’m not so sure he couldn’t play tackle.” – Gil Brandt, former Dallas Cowboys player personnel director, November 1983

“He’s definitely a Hall of Famer. He’s one of the biggest reasons John (Elway) could be the best he could be.” – Dan Reeves, former Denver Broncos head coach

“A man of few words and many Pro Bowls.” - Adam Schefter, NFL Network, then of the Denver Post

“He doesn’t want people to know what a nice, generous guy he really is.” – Brian Habib, former Denver Broncos teammate

“Very intelligent, very educated, very determined a great work ethic.  People just see this big, quiet lumberjack who plays football, but there’s a lot more to him than that.” – Mark Schlereth, former Denver Broncos teammate

“Winning the ring, doing what nobody thought we could do, that’s what I’ll always remember, that’s what you play the game for.” – Gay Zimmerman

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